State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) Sikkim has been created under the provision of Sub-Section (1) of Section 4 of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. The main function of SPCB-Sikkim is to act as Regulatory Body and Advisory Body.
Under the advisory function, SPCB Sikkim advices the state government in terms of measures to be taken for prevention, control and abatement of pollution. Under the regulatory function, the SPCB Sikkim is bestowed with the power of implementation of different Acts and Rules pertaining to Environment Pollution Control.Read More
The State Pollution Control Board of Sikkim was set up as an autonomous body through Government of Sikkim notification in the year 2008. Prior to this it was a part of the State Landuse Board which had the responsibility to regulate air and water pollution in the State. The importance of having a separate Pollution Control Board cannot be overstated even in a small state like Sikkim.
The State saw a wave of industrial revolution in the period between 2005 and 2007 and a second larger wave between 2015 and 2017. This was mainly due to the incentives provided for industrial development in the North East region under the Central North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy of 2007 and North East Industrial Development Scheme of 2017. A large number of Pharmaceutical formulation industrial units and its subsidiary or feeder units were set up in the State during these periods. Breweries, distilleries and a few other large industries also came up. The early 2000s saw the establishment of several hydroelectric projects in the State as well. Over the last two decades the State has promoted tourism in a big way to take advantage of its natural assets and salubrious weather.
All these developments in a State well known for its rich natural and cultural heritage with its verdant mountain slopes, clean gushing streams and exquisite flora and fauna have posed new challenges of pollution control, waste management and environmental conservation. The State Pollution Control Board of Sikkim has been engaged with implementation of pollution control and waste management laws. It has grown over the years to keep pace with its increasing role in the State and strives to preserve a clean and green Sikkim.
The OCMMS Sikkim portal allows the industrial units to self-register, submit application online for Consent to Establish (CTE), Consent to Operate (CTO) and the authorization for various categories of industries/ institutions. Industry can upload the required documents, make e-payment for consent fee and download the certificates granted by SPCB Sikkim.